Cinequest 2/27

So Nancy Kwan will be showing up in San Jose for tonight’s world premiere of the documentary on her life: To Whom It May Concern: Ka Shen’s Journey; and she’ll be there for the subsequent screening on Sunday at 7. There are some elders who still refer to the dress that Cantonese call a cheong-sam, [...]

Nancy Kwan at Cinequest

The email came late last night: The weekend world premiere showings of To Whom It May Concern: Ka Shen’s Journey, a documentary about star Nancy Kwan, will be graced by the ultimate guest: Kwan herself.

Born in 1939 in Hong Kong, Kwan was a ballet student when producer Ray Stark nabbed her for a breakout role [...]

Cinequest: Feb 26

First, let us apologize to Blanchard Ryan, whom I incorrectly accused of bailing on an appearance in the 20-year history of Cinequest we published last week.  A reader writes in and notes that she was not only was Ryan there, she discussed the importance of keeping dreams alive. All apologies.

So: today is when some damned [...]

Cinequest Best Bet, Feb. 25

This afternoon’s best bet, according to Metro critic Steve Palopoli, is the Argentine head-scratcher
Green Waters

(Argentina; 90 min.) The bastard child of some scandalous three-way between Hitchcock thrillers, Polanski mind-melt flicks and ’70s paranoia films, Green Waters just might be the most intense movie you’ll see at Cinequest. First-time Argentine writer-director Mariano De Rosa has taken [...]

Cinequest, Critic’s Pick for Feb. 25

Road to Sangam

(India; 135 min.) When India’s greatest martyr died, he asked that his ashes be divided into 20 parts and sent off with the flow of the nation’s 20 rivers. Amit Rai’s proudly humanist film is a fiction, yet it’s based on the real-life discovery, some 60 years on, of a cask of the [...]

Cinequest Day 2

So, everyone like the sheep movie? Not, according to Alejandro Adams, and we’ll be interested to hear protests and outrage from other than PETA activists, thanks.

Today, we have an array of 16 films, which, if nimbly arranged can provide four to five movies in a day’s watching. I thought I saw everything this year, but [...]

Cinequest Best Bet, Bone Man, Feb. 24

The Bone Man

(Germany; 121 min.) Already a sensation in Germany and Austria, this third film adaptation of co-screenwriter Wolf Haas’ Simon Brenner detective novels is a dark, club-footed waltz between old and new Europe. Circumstances reduce hangdog ex-detective Brenner (Josef Hader) to chasing a stolen VW Beetle into a seedy Bratislavian resort with a sinister [...]

Cinequest Critic’s Pick for Wednesday, Feb. 24

Top pick for Wednesday (Feb. 24) at Cinequest is a fascinating documentary about, of all things, military cuisine. It shows tonight at 6pm at Camera 12
in San Jose.

Cooking History

(Slovakia et al.; 88 min.) Ever find yourself waiting in a dentist’s office thumbing through a New Yorker magazine, when you get sucked into a seemingly uninteresting [...]

Cinequest 2010: The Good Heart, as seen by the blackhearted media.

“No one is going to tell you what to think about these movies”–Halfdan Hussey, on stage at the California Theatre last night.

Oh yeah? I am the dreaded media, and I shall tell you what to think! Do my bidding!

Filthy weather last night–a nasty spitting drizzle–but a good crowd outside the California Theatre under the klieg [...]

Cinequest: It begins....

Ready or not: Thirteen days of film in downtown San Jose start tonight, at the California Theatre with The Good Heart. Regular screenings start tomorrow. After party at the E & O Trading Co; see you there.

If you’ve ever wondered about Icelandic literature, and you run out of things to say to director Dagur Karl, you [...]